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Lakewood Theatre Co. – “Visit To A Small Planet”
July 7 - August 13$32 - $34
Lakewood Theatre Company presents
Visit To A Small Planet
Written by Gore Vidal
Directed by Tobias Andersen
July 7 – August 13, 2017
Lakewood Theatre Company opens its 65th season with Gore Vidal’s quirky and humorous sci-fi satire, Visit to a Small Planet. Director Tobias Andersen brings to the stage a story of a flying-saucer spaceman with psychic powers who discovers love, pain, and beatniks on earth. The production sponsor for Visit to a Small Planet is the Lakewood Center Associates.
Imagine if a visitor from another galaxy happened to land on earth to observe the United States firsthand. What kind of impression would the country, or for that matter, the human race, make on a complete stranger? This is the question posed in Gore Vidal’s Visit to a Small Planet, a comedy subtitled as A Comedy Akin to a Vaudeville.
Originally presented as a television play in 1957 (it had its New York stage premiere in the same year), the satirical play follows the exploits of Kreton, an alien who lands on Earth, hoping to catch a glimpse of the American Civil War only to find that “something went wrong with the machine!” He has landed in the mid-twentieth century, outside of the Spelding family’s home. Upon learning that it is not 1861, Kreton nevertheless decides to stay and observe human behavior: “You are my hobby,” he tells the Speldings, “and I am going native.”
Thursdays – Saturdays, 7:30 pm
Sundays, 7:00 pm (July 9, 23, August 6)
Sundays, 2:00 pm (July 16, 30, August 3, 13)
Wednesday, 7:30 pm (July 26)